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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show's purported aim is to help families be happier and more comfortable in their homes, but this is accomplished through sometimes bitter competition between teams of high-profile designers.
Positive Role Models
Contestants all are successful builders and designers with established reputations; some come off as humble whereas others brag and exchange catty comments.
Violence & Scariness
Stress and competitive behavior lead to snarky comments, arguing, and yelling. Some folks talk about their desire to shove or slap each other.
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During conflict, contestants sometimes use language such as "ass" or "hell," though stronger words are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Lowe's and Zillow.com are prominently featured throughout the show. Logos for brands such as Cat, Southwest Airlines, and 3M are visible. Design magazines such as Oprah's O At Home, House Beautiful, and Better Home and Gardens are sometimes discussed or shown.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that American Dream Builders is a cross between design shows like Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and competitions such as Top Chef. Despite a purported aim of helping families be more comfortable in their homes, the drama comes from the sometimes fierce competition among designers who sometimes yell and criticize one another openly. Lowe's and Zillow.com are show sponsors, and their logos are featured throughout the show and competitors shop at Lowe's during the episodes.
Is It Any Good?
American Dream Builders offers the traditional building and design drama that one comes to expect from home-design-competition shows, including pressures to resolve seemingly unfixable space solutions, to work well as a team, and to meet deadlines. It also highlights issues that go beyond interior-design choices, including understanding the relationship between what to rebuild, how to design, and the impact these decisions have on the value of a property.
Some folks may find it interesting or fun, but it's the contestants, all of whom have well-established reputations in the building-and-design industry, who are the most colorful part of the design experience. However, because they're trying to protect their professional standings while working on these projects, they engage in lots of competitive and catty behavior. It certainly creates drama, but it's not always positive.
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